1. Attend Beaufort’s fall party
Beaufort Historical Association’s annual fall party will be held Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at 821 Front St. in Beaufort. The event features art by Fen Rascoe and music by Blue Moon Jazz. Tickets for the event cost $100 and may purchased in advance, in person, or online at BeaufortHistoricSite.org. All proceeds from the event benefit the preservation, restoration and education programs of the Beaufort Historic Site. For more information, visit BeaufortHistoricSite.org or call 252-728-5225.
2. Decorate for Halloween
If you’re planning to decorate for Halloween but haven’t begun yet, there’s still time. There are lots of cheap ways to make your house spooky. And don’t forget to check out haunted houses in your area.
3. Celebrate fall with Topsail Beach
The 28th annual Autumn with Topsail Festival will be Oct. 15-16 at The Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. The event includes artists and crafts, live music, activities and rides for kids, food with alcoholic drinks, a silent auction and more. A one-day adult pass is $5 while a two-day pass is $8. Children 11 and under and active duty military are free with ID. For more information, visit AutumnWithTopsail.com.
4. Check out your library for Teen Read Week
This weekend is the start of Teen Read Week. Libraries across the U.S. are taking place in this annual event. This year’s theme is “Read for the fun of it!” Contact your library for more information. For more info check out teenreadweek.ning.com
5. Go to Jacksonville’s Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest will be Oct. 15 3-6 p.m. at 2050 Steeplechase Court in Jacksonville. There will be homemade German food, bratwurst, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, German potato salad. and dessert. Dinner is at 3 p.m. and afterward there will be live polka music until 6 p.m. Advance tickets cost $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Eddie Kubica at 910-548-5495.
6. See a new movie
Among the movies opening this week are “The Accountant,” an R thriller starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal; “Kevin Hart: What Now?,” a documentary in which the comedian performs in front of a crowd of 50,000; and “Max Steel,” a PG-13 action-adventure flick about teenager Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.
7. Take your dog on a run
Barktoberfest will be held Oct. 15 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Jacksonville Commons Park in Jacksonville. The event includes pumpkin decorating, a dog costume contest, kids games, a dog agility contest an adoption event, a Running to the Rescue 5k. Registration is $25 for ages 11 and older, $10 for ages five-11 and free for ages below five. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit Adoption First Animal Rescue. To sign up, visit Active.com.
8. Plan to see a space movie
Start planning now for attending one of the space-themed blockbusters and documentaries IMAX will show Oct. 14 – 20 at several AMC IMAX locations. Check amctheaters.com/imax-spaceweek to see if a theater near you is participating.
9. See a local production
Debbie’s Angels Productions and Barley Wine Cafe present “An Extortionate Death by Ian McCutcheon” on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Barley Wine Cafe, 720 Court St. in Jacksonville. The cost is $12 per ticket in advance and $15 at the door. The menu is separate from the ticket price. For more information, visit DebbiesAngelsProductions.com.
10. Catch up with your favorite sports team
It’s another busy weekend in the sports world. The MLB playoffs are taking place, there are plenty of football games (NFL and college), the NASCAR Chase is entering the final stretch and more. Check your TV guide for more information.